Luxury homes sold in April 2016



Don H. Davis Jr. and Sallie Oxford Davis paid cash for a 6,300-square-foot house at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale. Don Davis retired in 2005 as president of Rockwell Automation, a company dedicated to industrial automation. The couple paid for the 2011 home through their trust. The home features fruit trees in the front and back, solar pool heating and a solar water heater. Arthur W. Trump Jr. and Uta-Heide Hungerford sold the house as trustees of the Uta-Heide Hungerford Revocable Trust. Her husband, Dr. David S. Hungerford, served for 28 years as chief of hte arthritis division in the department of orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins and chief of orthopedics at Good Samaritan Hospital in Maryland.


Brian and Clara Franke bought 6,571-square-foot house through their trust at Las Brisas in Paradise Valley. Brian Franke serves as the principal in aviation investments at Phoenix-based Indigo Partners LLC, which invests in low-cost airlines, including Frontier. The four-bedroom home is in a gated community near Paradise Valley Country Club. The house features herringbone wood-beamed ceilings, a paneled library with fireplace, a wine cellar and wet bar. The property also features a one-bedroom guest house, pool and mountain views. Melanie Dodd sold the house.


Richard L. Wellek through his trust bought a 2007 condo at Desert Highlands in Scottsdale. Wellek, served a chief executive officer at Varlen Corporation, which was acquired by Amsted Industries Incorporated, and designs, manufactures and markets products for heavy-duty truck, trailer, car and railroad industries. The four-bedroom, 5,0007-square-foot property was sold by James and Jane Hayes. James Hayes retired as president and chief executive officer of Hayes Manufacturing Group Inc. in Wisconsin.


East Exeter LLC, a Washington company, paid cash for a 6,140-square-foot house at Mountain View in Scottsdale. East Exeter is owned by Timothy P. Flaherty, a managing member and co-founder of Silver Creek Capital Management. The 2003 home includes a temperature-controlled win room, five bedrooms, wide-plank flooring and exposed wood beans, a wet bar with dishwasher, pool, built-in barbecue and gazebo. and several picture windows. Timothy O’Keefe, executive vice president of CBRE Inc., sold the property.


Woodshed at Summerhill LLC paid cash for a Phoenix home at Foothills Club West. The Arizona limited-liability company is managed by Michelle M. Mace, founder of M3B Inc., a marketing consulting firm in Phoenix. The 2008, 7,213-square-foot house is timber-framed in the Craftsman style with four bedrooms and a guest house. The property also includes a loft or craft room with full bath, and a 50-foot negative-edge pool and outdoor kitchen. Craig R. and Diana P. Tanner sold the house. Craig Tanner is president of Rock Solid Concrete in Chandler.


Ross and Pamela Buchmueller bought a 7,035-square-foot house in Scottsdale’s DC Ranch. Ross Buchmueller founded the PURE Group of Insurance Companies, which covers affluent homeowners from offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Scottsdale, Charleston and Fort Lauderdale. Buchmueller also launched the AIG Private Client Group. The 2002 home is located on the 17th hole with views of the McDowell Mountains. The property includes a guest house with separate entrance and multiple patios. Richard C. and Charlene Osborne sold the house. Richard Osborne is managing director of Madison Industries, a private equity firm in Chicago.


Stephen Modzelewski paid cash for a Paradise Valley house in Mummy Mountain Park. Modzelewski serves on the boards of Signum Biosciences INc, a private biotechnology company, and the Reason Foundation, described as a libertarian think tank. He previously worked for Salomon Brothers, now part of Citicorp, in finance. He has his own trading and investment firm, Maple Engine LLC. The 2001 privately gated hillside home sits on more than one acre with a negative-edge pool, outdoor kitchen and fire pit. The 5,332-square-foot house includes floor-to-ceiling telescoping windows, a guest suite with separate entrance and a video security system. The house was sold by Michelle M. Lorenz through her trust.


Michael and Elvira Cafaro bought a 7,932-square-foot Scottsdale house at Whisper Rock. Michael Cafaro served as executive vice president of new product development and engineering at Helen of Troy Limited, based in El Paso. The company developed brand-name personal care and household products. The 2008 house is on 2.75 acres in a guard-gated community. The home includes a two-room guest casita with kitchenette, a wet bar and wine cellar, media room, game room with balcony, a master bedroom with office and exercise room and a living room with disappearing wall of glass doors. I. Paul Kacir, who served as vice president of First Solar Inc. in Tempe from 2006 to 2009, sold the house. Last year, Kacir started RVnGo ( for buying, selling and renting recreational vehicles.


Paul H. Bronstein of New Mexico bought a 4,856-square-foot house in Hidden Village in Phoenix. The 2013 house features wide-plank flooring, beverage fridge, wine fridge, pool, sports court, a covered backyard patio and views of Camelback Mountain. J. Craig and Angela D. Cartwright sold the property. Craig Cartwright is a real estate attorney and co-head of the DLA Piper Phoenix office.